AZ-MAP 2021-22 Participants

A picture of Bret Jacobs amid a galaxy

Bret Jacobs is an aspiring artist from the small Indigenous community Calling Lake located in Northern Alberta. Bret is a graduate from Red Deer College with a diploma in Theatre Performance and Creation and an applied degree in Motion Picture Arts. Theatre credits include Porthos in Ken Ludwigs’ adaptation of The Three Musketeers, Pig #2 in Shrek The Musical, and Edmund in Charles Mee’s Summertime. Bret’s artistic goals include bringing the stories of people with similar experiences to the forefront: whether they are tragic or comedic.

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A picture of Carly Neis amid a galaxy

Carly (she/her) is a disabled Edmonton-based actor, playwright, and arts advocate with Cerebral Palsy. A graduate of MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management program. Carly is currently working on Tune to A – a  new play co-written/created with Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks and Cameron Kneteman. It is a play for young audiences about seeing past others’ limitations to illuminate their potential.  Carly’s most recent acting credit is Part of This World (Citadel Theatre), as part of the Horizon Lab project (co-created with Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks, directed by Patricia Cerra).

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AZ-MAP 2021-22 Support Team

  • Kate Ryan
  • Steven Greenfield
  • Josh Languedoc
  • April Banigan
  • Jake Tkaczyk
  • Matt Graham
  • Makram Ayache
  • Nadien Chu
  • Amanda Bergen
  • Luc Tellier
  • Kunji Ikeda
  • Ainsley Hillyard
  • Elena Belyea
  • Mallory Chipman
  • Jan Henderson
  • Nikki Hulowski
Development Team:
  • Morgan Yamada
  • Sue Goberdhan
  • Kristi Hansen
  • Jenna Rodgers
  • Andrés Moreno
  • Amena Shehab
  • Chris Dodd
  • Sissy Thiessen Kootenayoo
  • Hunter Cardinal
Support People and Mentors:
  • Kristi Hansen
  • Marshall Vielle
  • Priya Narine
  • Josh Languedoc
  • Elder Edward Valee
  • Elder Richard Jenkins
Company Collaborators
  • Fringe Theatre Adventures
  • Alpacalypse Productions
  • Theatre Alberta – Emerge
  • Citadel Theatre
  • The Fox Den Collective
  • Catalyst Theatre
  • Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
  • Inside Out Theatre Good Host Program
  • Naheyawin – Hunter Cardinal
  • Performance Labs
Special Thanks
  • BB Collective
  • Janice Saxon Photography
  • Daniel Belland
  • Canada Council For The Arts
  • Edmonton Arts Council


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Apply To Be A Performance Lab Instructor 

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This project  was made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council.